The “World’s Fittest Man” Favorite Gear

The “World’s Fittest Man” Favorite Gear

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The “World’s Fittest Man” Favorite Gear

I’ve been involved in competitive fitness of some sort for about 25 years. I started out as a powerlifter and football player while also running track for a little farming community in the Midwest where I grew up. Then I joined the military only to find Uncle Sam’s one-of-a-kind intense fitness program. After my time in the military, I decided to combine a couple newfound passions of Strongman with Ultra Running to eventually go on and break a World Record for fitness. Having a love of such diverse outdoor disciplines has called for a unique array of gear. Here’s my top 10 list of favorite gear that has helped me run long and fast, stay strong and be continually fit.


1. Real Foodvegis

I eat an array of fruits, vegetables & lean meats plus drink plenty of water daily. I take no supplements, no shakes and no shortcuts. My mantra is and always has been, “eat right, work hard and play harder.” You’ll find quite a bit of helpful eating information at the Food Guide Pyramid – http://1.usa.gov/jdW74y

2. Body Glide

I do not leave home without it. As a big strong guy who likes to run, cycle and lift, I’ve found my frame more prone to chaffing in all the wrong areas. This stuff is a life saver, especially on long runs and rides.

3. Under Armour Compression Gear

Listen, if you’re going to be on the ground doing push-ups, on your back doing sit-ups or just running around in shorts and shirts all day, these babies keep the pieces and parts in place. Again, not glamorous but this is for real people and not prima donnas.

4. Injinji Socks

I swear by the toe socks. I’ve worn them across Death Valley, through the Himalayas and during numerous 100 mile trail races without getting one blister. They’re like Isotoner gloves for your feet.

5. Running Shoes

I have two favorite running shoes. My longtime love that has been with me since before the Guinness Book in 2000 is the New Balance 1220 series which is now the 1260. They have many styles and widths that fit great and hold up well.
My next pair is for down and dirty, in your face trail running. They are the Salomon XT Wings. Not quite the ride of the New Balance, but I call them the “Monster Truck of Off-Road Running.” They have gone with me to the Barkley 100 miler and Death Race with me.

King of the Hill Photo Galleries6. Watch

I’m not a big gizmo guy and actually still wear my old school Casio G Shock watch. It doesn’t have a compass or GPS but it is affordable, durable and still looks tough. I don’t like to sweat my pace or the mileage, but just enjoy my time on the trail.

7. Hydration Pack

I’ve been using CamelBak products for hiking, trail running and cycling since they first appeared on the market. I still love and use their products today. I have a 100 oz. OCTANE 18X hydration pack that goes everywhere with me. I wouldn’t leave home without it.

8. Osprey Backpack

Having been a ‘Grunt’ in the military and living out of my pack, I know the importance of having one that is lightweight, durable and comfortable. Osprey makes one of the best out there. My has raced with me across the Himalayas, the Sahara Desert and even won the Death Race a couple times.

Intense Training9. Tractor Tires

You can get large tractor tires from many implement dealers that are looking to get rid of them. I have about a dozen in my garage that range from 200 to 500 lbs. Who doesn’t love throwing around a big tire? And it’s an incredible workout.

10. Atlas Stones

Atlas stones range in size from 75 lbs all the way up to 500 lbs. This is another old school strength exercise that is lots of fun. It’s very effective and can be done outdoors. I got my stone molds from Slater’s Hardware.

The most important piece of gear is a healthy body, a strong mind and a fire inside of you.
You cannot buy this in a store. You have to be born with some of it and build the rest. You have to be willing to put yourself out there, only to fail miserably and then learn from your mistakes and come back stronger than ever. As the saying goes, “Where the mind is willing, the body will follow.”

These are just a few of the things I have continued to use over the years. They have helped me along the way and will hopefully do the same for you. But remember, gear can only help. You have to do the rest. Hope this helps you on your journey!

Don’t Cleanse; Rather, Eat Clean

Written by guest blogger, Kim Mueller, MS, RD, CSSD.  

Clean foodConsidering trying a cleanse diet, aka “detox diet”? You may think twice about it after results from a clinical review of data conducted at Georgetown University School of Medicine failed to demonstrate ANY of the purported benefits including weight loss and enhanced energy. Furthermore, in many cases, the client experienced symptoms detrimental to their well-being and performance such as abdominal pain, muscle cramping, nausea, and in more severe cases electrolyte imbalances, kidney failure, and liver problems.

So, instead of trying something so drastic and short-term, why not adopt a healthy lifestyle change that incorporates clean eating? Registered Dietitian, Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, elite athlete and owner of Fuel Factor Nutrition Coaching (www.Fuel-Factor.com), Kim Mueller, recommends the following 5 tips for clean eating:

1. Stick to foods that contain shorter and recognizable ingredient lists. If you can’t carry the ingredient in your own kitchen, you probably don’t want to be eating it. Processed foods, which sadly make up the bulk of most inner aisle grocery shelves, contain chemicals and preservatives that are designed to enhance the shelf life of the food, not the human body.

clean food2. Boost the color (aka, fruits and vegetables) in your diet by aiming for at least 1, preferably 2, servings from each color of the rainbow each day. Frozen and canned products are ok, just stick to the unsweetened versions. Consider choosing organic for the following pesticide-ridden foods: apples, celery, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, spinach, kale, lettuce, nectarines, grapes, bell peppers, and potatoes. The pigments found in fruits and vegetables carry strong anti-inflammatory properties that can help ward of disease and enhance recovery.

3. Stay hydrated by sipping on fluids so that urine runs a pale or straw-like yellow. The body just doesn’t function at peak when deprived of water.  Not a fan of water? Try adding a splash of 100% juice to your water for a bit of flavor.

4. Focus more on plant proteins such as edamame (green soybeans), lentils, beans (all varieties), quinoa, nuts, and seeds. The American diet, as a whole, is focused way too much on animal
proteins and not surprisingly, our rates of heart disease, obesity, metabolic disorder, and so on seem to surpass the majority of the world’s population year in and year out. Even on heavy training days, most athletes need not exceed ½-3/4 gram of protein per pound of body weight. Aim to make at least half of these grams plant-based.

5. Add more probiotics to your diet. Probiotics are live micro-organisms found naturally within the digestive tract that, when maintained at adequate levels, help support intestinal health and enhance immune function. Most probiotics are of bacterial nature, thus the nickname “friendly bacteria”, and originate from the Lactobacillus (lactic acid bacteria, LAB, L.) or Bifidobacterium (B.) family, and can be found in such foods as yogurt, kefir, and cultured milk products and beverages.

myfirstmarathonwinWant more tips to help improve your health and performance?  Kim Mueller, MS, RD, CSSD, owner of Fuel Factor Nutrition Coaching (www.Fuel-Factor.com), is a Registered Dietitian, Board Certified Specialist in Sports Nutrition, & Exercise Physiologist who provides nutrition coaching, race nutrition guidance, and customized meal and planning to active individuals worldwide. She is also an accomplished runner with a 2:52 marathon PR.

Contact Kim at kim@Fuel-Factor.com to schedule your complimentary initial 30 minute consultation.